Heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickadeeMom, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. ChickadeeMom

    ChickadeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 5 americana (sp?) chicks and my boyfriend has 5 california whites and 5 of ideals hybrid of them i guess is what they are....anywho.. i had an issue with our 1st batch of chicks and out of 25 we only saved like 9 (we got 'added for warmth' roosters as well) they reshipped the hens we lost plus more rooster buddies (and i added 2 more chicks to my origional order of 3 americanas:yiipchick) so now we have 3-4 week olds and 2-3 weeks olds. they are causing a ton of commotion, 'flying the coop' and spilling their water and all the crazy chickadee things.

    my question is..... when can i take the heat lamp off of them?? i cant put my lid on until the lamp is off....i tried to and it melted my lid around my wire.


    if pictures of my box and its placement are necessary i can post them


    PS- the chicks are stored inside in both of our bedrooms.... i think i converted my boyfriend into a ChickadeePop hehehe


    thanks a bunch!!
     
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  2. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    for every week old they are, you can decrease the heat by 5 degrees.

    So if they start out at 100 degrees in the bator, week 2 can be 95 degrees and so on until they are feathered out or temperature is simliar to outside.
     
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  3. ChickadeeMom

    ChickadeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have just a regular heat lamp any suggestions on how to adjust the temp?? should i just raise it higher each week?

    i dont mind keeping them inside but i just cant have them living in the dogs cage or on my bed when they fly out....my pup isnt 2 happy about that.
     
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I have my lamp on a dimmer. It was $10 bucks at home depot. It's a 300watt lamp dimmer. Then you don't have to keep moving the lamp or buy a new smaller bulb.
     
  5. ChickadeeMom

    ChickadeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    home depot here i come [​IMG] thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    You're so welcome! I tried my hardest to find a plug in thermostat but they're expensive. The dimmer is working pretty well so far. This is my first time brooding chicks...
     
  7. ChickadeeMom

    ChickadeeMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have eggs in my bator now but i dont think they are gonna hatch i candled and see nothing...of course i have no idea what exactly to look for...im on day 24 and still nothing... no movement or anything.
    and i have chicks in my brooder in my bedroom, so i can watch at night [​IMG] both are 1st time experiences for me

    i will surely be getting one tomorrow... thanks for the advice
     

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